Tuesday, July 3, 2012
But is it done?
I signed up for the Insecure Writers Support Group, which is just a step in a weird direction for me. Normally I'm a solitary writer. I've learned to critique and to take critiques (thanks to my FANTASTIC writing group and my muse). I've learned to blog (gasp!) and I have people read my finished hovels (preferably BEFORE I start major edits!).
But HOWHOWHOW can I tell when a book is ready to submit? I've read all the advice but that really doesn't help. The basics are:
Is it finished?
Has someone (as in another writer) read it?
Has it been revised and edited (based on reader feedback)?
The rest of the advice fits into the "You're not yet a writer" category and really has nothing to do with the book itself.
The point is, just because a book fits these criteria doesn't mean it's ready to be submitted. I have eleven novels finished, four of them fully edited. At least in the case of the four, another writer (or several) has read the book.
Two of these books I believe are ready. The others...not so much. I just can't figure out what's wrong.
At what point do I throw up my hands and say "Enough already" when my subconscious says that there's something wrong I just can't find it. Nor can my beta readers find it, and since my brain won't cooperate and tell me what it's thinking...
I refuse to give up on books that I know have a lot of potential just because my stupid subconscious insists on aiming for my foot. (Inside joke.)
Do I just take the chance of sending out something that's not ready yet? Or what if it is ready and it's just my brain using this as an excuse to not do anything? Or what if I'm just dithering and I'll wake up in the morning wondering who wrote this?